American Guerrilla in the Philippines


American Guerrilla in the Philippines

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This WW II actioner is based upon the adventures of Navy Lt. I.D. Richardson who with his fellow sailors refused to succumb to the Japanese who overtook the Philippine island of Bataan in 1942. After the battle, the determined soldiers fight to make their way through the dense, dangerous jungles to Leyte where a small boat waits to take them to Australia. During the arduous journey, the wife of a helpful planter joins them. They make it to the village, but there is no boat and they must steal one themselves. It is a rickety affair and eight miles off shore it sinks, forcing them to swim to the nearest shore where they are found by native partisans who hide them in the jungle for the next few months. It is dangerous as the Japanese are looking for them. Thanks to the help of resistance leaders, the brave sailors manage to get a message to McArthur's representative in exchange for their safe passage to Australia. Instead, the soldiers are ordered to return to Leyte and create a radio network and help out the rebels in any way they can. Eventually, the lieutenant and the planter's wife fall in love. Their affair blossoms when she learns that her husband was killed, but MacArthur invades Leyte and now the officer and his men must use the radio to contact the American troops and tell them where to go. Unfortunately, the enemy hears the messages and begin slaughtering the sailors. Eventually, the Japanese corner them in an empty church. Most of the lieutenant's men are slaughtered before the American troops finally arrive and save them. On the beach the officer meets MacArthur himself who praises the young man for his great courage.

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Tyrone Power
as Ensign Chuck Palmer
Micheline Presle
as Jeanne Martinez
Tom Ewell
as Jim Mitchell
Tommy Cook
as Miguel
Juan Torena
as Juan Martinez
Jack Elam
as The Speaker
Robert H. Barrat
as Gen. Douglas MacArthur
Carleton Young
as Col. Phillips
Maria del Val
as Senora Martinez
Chris de Vega
as Japanese Officer
Eddie Infante
as Col. Dimalanta
Orlando Martins
as Col. Benson
Miguel Anzures
as Native Traitor
Chris de Varga
as Japanese Officer
Eduardo Rivera
as Japanese Officer
Arling Gonzales
as Radio Operator
Fred Gonzales
as Radio Operator
Kathy Ruby
as Partisan
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Critic Reviews for American Guerrilla in the Philippines

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There certainly is no accounting for the mechanistic nature of the script, for the lapses in continuity or for the lameness of the professionals in the cast.

Feb 25, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A routine but effective war movie.

Feb 25, 2013 | Full Review…

It's not a terrible movie, but eliminating the romance with planter's wife Presle and sprucing up the script might have made rather more of it.

Jul 6, 2010 | Full Review…

Footage has some good, male humor mixed in with the derrin-do, and Fritz Lang's direction develops a strong sense of expectancy and suspense in the story-telling.

Dec 31, 2008 | Full Review…
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Though critics pummeled the film at the time, it appears now as a top-notch action production with great pace and gusto, having the necessary elements of tension and drive, with an excellent score and lush photography.

Feb 25, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A fine film that almost lives up to its mouthwatering title.

Feb 25, 2013 | Full Review…

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